The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa that started in December 2013 and ended in June 2016 was worldwide news for good reason. Ebola has the potential to have devastating consequences on a grand scale because it is so deadly and spreads extremely quickly.
This epidemic was the largest outbreak of Ebola in history with over twenty eight thousand recorded cases and over eleven thousand deaths. What is even more concerning is that scientists estimate that between 17% and 70% of cases were not reported at all, meaning that the epidemic was likely much larger than the statistics indicate.
When disease outbreaks occur of this magnitude it helps experts understand how to prevent and treat future outbreaks more effectively for Ebola and other serious diseases.